Giants add former Pittsburgh Passion player to coaching staff

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — The New York Giants have added a second woman to their coaching staff and have begun to free up space for free agency by releasing veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph.

Rudolph confirmed his release in a tweet.

New coach Brian Daboll announced Wednesday that Carlynton High School graduate Angela Baker has joined his team as the inaugural recipient of the Rosie Brown Minority Coaching Scholarship. Baker will be the offensive quality control coach.

The scholarship is named in honor of Hall of Famer Rosie Brown, arguably the best offensive lineman in Giants history.

Shortly after replacing Joe Judge, Daboll hired Laura Young as the team’s director of practice operations. He had worked with her in Buffalo.

Daboll also hired Cade Knox as an offensive assistant/director of play.

A former wide receiver, Baker spent the 2021 season at the University of Redlands as a defensive quality control coach. She has also worked with kickers and punters.

In the spring of 2020, Baker spent three weeks with the Cleveland Browns coaching staff as part of the NFL’s Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship Program.

Baker was a seven-time Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) All-American while competing for Pittsburgh’s Passion women’s professional soccer team as a slots catcher. She graduated from Slippery Rock with degrees in Physical Activity and Fitness Management and a minor in Coaching.

Knox spent the 2020 season with the Giants as a football data and innovation intern.

Rudolph, who played one season with the Giants after being signed as a free agent, thanked fans and Giants ownership and admitted the season (4-13) didn’t go as hoped.

The Giants started this month $12 million over the salary cap. The release of Rudolph, 32, will create $5 million in cap space.

Rudolph had 26 catches for 257 yards and a touchdown in his 11th season. The former Minnesota Viking was signed to help the offensive line with his block as well, but injuries have decimated the line and the running game has struggled all season.